Preparing for Greatness

  • Theresa Marchant-Shapiro
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


The Statue of Liberty has stood on Ellis Island since 1886 as the “Mother of Exiles,” welcoming immigrants to the shores of a land of promise. Huddled masses have come to the United States in pursuit of her promise of freedom. Sometimes they have been in search of political freedom; sometimes, religious freedom; sometimes, economic. My ancestors came for religious freedom, but in finding that, they also found land to farm. Initially, with the help of their neighbors, they built their own home on that land; later they were able to move to the city and buy a home. Their children were able to attend free public schools; their grandchildren, affordable colleges. Through the generations they realized the American Dream, a dream that prophesied that, no matter how humble their beginnings, if they worked hard, they would prosper. Because, in America, those who are determined can achieve anything. In America, anyone can grow up to be president.


Chief Executive Vice President Religious Freedom Electoral College Traditional Authority 
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